Hidden Places in Kenya You Never Knew Existed

Kenya is one of the most exotic vacation destinations on the planet, and Kenya has something for everyone. You can go on hiking trips, safaris, scuba diving, and exploring mother nature for the adventurous. For the travelers that prefer to seep into the traditions and culture of their destination, you have historical museums, monuments, and markets filled with the cultural colors of Kenya. For those that prefer peace, you have some unique and remote locations where you can spend time with your loved ones. Regardless of who you are, Kenya will have something for you. Here is a list of some of Kenya’s most unique and hidden places that you may not even know existed.

Saiwa Swamp National Park – Kitale

Although it may be the smallest national park in the region, you will find exotic animals, trees, and birds that will take your breath away. The main attraction of this national park is the rare Sitatunga Antelope. This unique species of antelopes prefer swamps and love dwelling in deeper waters. Apart from these beautiful antelopes, you will also get to witness the De Brazza monkey, another rare and majestic creature.

Samatian Island – Lake Baringo

Samatian Island is a beautiful and exotic private island hidden away on Lake Baringo. The island is the perfect place to have a romantic time with your partner. Its unique location, peaceful aura, vibrant surroundings (The Laikipia Escarpment in the backdrop), and beautiful sunset make this a must-visit island for those that love to get away from the more prominent tourist locations. Apart from the scenery and peacefulness, you will also find a variety of birds and fish species.

Takawiri Island – Lake Victoria

Takawiri Island is one of the many islands of Lake Victoria. White sandy beaches, beautiful clear waters, and breezy weather make this island the paradise for people that love to lay back and relax on the beach. You will need to take an hour-long boat ride from Rusinga to reach the island. Although this may seem like much time to go to a beach, you will know it was worth the time once you get there.

Kitengela Glass Art – Nairobi

If you like to take a more hands-on approach on your trips and want to participate in activities where you can also learn about culture, you must visit the Kitengela Glass Art situated close to the Nairobi National Park. The Kitengela Glass Art is decorated with mosaics, sculptures, glass art, and décor that will leave you mesmerized. You can also participate in mosaic classes as well as horseriding, swimming, and felting.


Arabuko-Sokoke National Park

Another unique and hidden gem of a National Park, the Arabuko-Sokoke National Park in Arabuko, is a must-visit. It has a collection of some of the most exotic and rare birds species. According to reports, approximately more than 20% of Kenya’s bird species (including 24 endemic birds) can be found at the national park, along with 30% of butterfly species.

The Brandy Bus – Karen, Nairobi

This one is for the travellers that love to spend time in unique accomodations. The Brandy Bus is an isolated Airbnb, and the place itself is a renovated double-decker bus, with two double beds on top, one small bed at the bottom, and a lovely outdoor fireplace.


Kenya is a beautiful paradise to visit. With so many unique and exciting things to do, Kenya will keep you wanting to come back for more. You may also want to read 5 Useful Hacks to Help Deal with the Heat on Safari in Kenya to have the best safari time of your life.